An Isaac Mensah goal in the 9th minute of the first half was all Accra Hearts of Oak needed to keep hold of top spot in the Ghana Premier League (GPL) as they recorded a 1-0 win over an impressive Sekondi Hasaacas side in Accra on Wednesday.
Hasaacas started the game the brightest with beautiful string of passes and dominated the early possession as they registered the first shot at goal from the boot of Kojo Poku who shot from 25-yards but his effort was harmless as Hearts goalie, Samuel Akurugu was alert to it.
With the tempo in their favour and dictating the pace of the game the Sekondi based side were shell shocked when Isaac Mensah was left alone to control a pass and weave his way through their defense before hitting a low shot from 20-yards to register the only goal of the game and his second of the season.
This was Hearts’ first game after they were hit with a behind closed door game ban by the Disciplinary Committee of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) after fans threw water and other missiles onto the pitch during their 1-3 home defeat to Wa All Stars.
Fans absence to an extent affected the Phobians play as they were bossed in their own backyard by a determined and impressive Hasaacas side.
Coach Yussif Basigi and his men were denied what appeared to be a faultless goal after a free kick effected by Hasaacas man-of-the-match , Kojo Poku eased past the Hearts wall and into Samuel Akurugu’s goal.
Hearts like Hasaacas had pockets of chances but indecision, lackluster performance and poor touches saw neither side fail to score again in the game as Hearts run away with the three points.